One Enchanting Evening (A Musical)| Broadway-West End Mix #FreeDownloads 105 Original Song Tracks

This is my Soundcloud Playlist of 105 individual song tracks I wrote and recorded back in the late 1980s and 1990s.  I’d always wanted to write songs, and over the course of a few years wrote over 250 songs, and recorded less than half.

I’m not much of a singer or musician – and only aspired to be a songwriter – but it turned out that I needed to play and record demos of my songs myself in order to give life to them, no matter how limited my talents were.  My hope one day is to write more songs, but years ago I gave away all my instruments and equipment to an aspiring musician for his church music group, so we’ll see how I find my way back to writing music.

This playlist is my favorite as it captures my dream of turning my songs into a musical, centered on Johnny’s (who’s really me…) quest to fulfill all his hopes and dreams in life ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂 #FreeDownloads

334.0 Simply Mark – Show 69, Season 6, June 23, 2017 – Podcast

“While all that is true, Master Jonathan, your encounter with the beast makes you the victor in both deed and appearance.”

Mark reads Ch 7, Pt 8 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Cooking ~ Summer Pasta Salad

My wife has been making cold Summer Pasta Salads for years with any number of variations on the theme, based on what’s available and/or in season.  The Pasta Salad itself includes: Bow Tie Pasta (al dente), Diced Cooked Ham, Cooked Peas (blanched), Pineapple Tidbits, Diced Red Bell Peppers, and Diced Green Onions.  The dressing includes: Non-fat Plain Yogurt, Brown Mustard, Pickle Juice, Diced Pickles, Diced Hard Boiled Egg, Chopped Fresh Green Chives, Chopped Fresh Parsley, Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Salt, and Garlic Salt to taste.

Keep the pasta salad and dressing in separate containers in the refrigerator, mixing together before serving.  The pasta salad should easily last a few days in the refrigerator before serving if the dressing is kept separately, stretching the salad out over a number of days ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

333.0 Simply Mark – Show 68, Season 6, June 22, 2017 – Podcast

“Not knowing what was about to transpire upstairs or where the tunnel led to, Jonathan stood in the doorway with his Light Sword in hand, ready to face any outcome that might materialize.”

Mark reads Ch 7, Pt 7 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

332.0 Simply Mark – Show 67, Season 6, June 19, 2017 – Podcast

“Even now, power interests across the kingdom were jockeying against each other to promote various interests, agendas and grudges – and if word had already spread about the dragon’s defeat – these struggles would become all-out battles.”

Mark reads Ch 7, Pt 6 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Peaches and Cream Pie Bars

My wife made a new recipe today called ‘Peaches and Cream Pie Bars’ that she found on ‘The Recipe Critic dot com’ ~ and they were a real treat in the heat!  She refrigerated them much of the day after they initially cooled, and were a real refreshing snack this afternoon.  The only change she made to the original recipe, was to add toasted, chopped almonds on top of the glaze ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

331.0 Simply Mark – Show 66, Season 6, June 16, 2017 – Podcast

“…conflict broke out across the land as these travelers from faraway lands sought to take what they believed to be rightly theirs – power.”

Mark reads Ch 7, Pt 5 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

330.0 Simply Mark – Show 65, Season 6, June 15, 2017 – Podcast

“The risk was simply too great, and there was so much at stake for the future of the Kingdom of Talgar.”

Mark reads Ch 7, Pt 4 of his story Book Two ‘Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)’ ~ suitable for children of all ages! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Cooking ~ No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

My wife made No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream after reading a recipe for ‘No Churn Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream’ at ‘Jo Cooks dot com’ ~ and gave it a go using the chopped and puréed strawberries we had on hand.  She added a little sugar to sweeten the strawberry purée, and then swirled it into the chopped strawberries and cream mixture before freezing.

We were surprised at how wonderful our no churn strawberry ice cream turned out!  This ice cream was a real treat for us, just look at the photos below ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂

Our Adventures In Baking ~ Classic Sour Cream Baked Donuts

My wife made donuts this past Sunday for breakfast, trying a recipe called ‘Classic Sour Cream Baked Donuts’ she found on ‘I Knead to Eat dot com’ ~ and they were scrumptious!

The recipe made nine individual donuts, and ours were a batch of glazed donuts as the recipe calls for, and a second batch with just a dusting of powdered sugar.  Either way, these donuts were wonderful, and the extras stored easily in a plastic container overnight in the refrigerator.

The next morning they were perfect cold out of the fridge for breakfast, and also after 10 seconds of warming in the microwave ~ just like straight out of the oven.  Give these donuts a try, they’re a treat ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂